Le Tote Unboxing

Le Tote Unboxing

I’m like a broken record, but I am obsessed with all things subscription box and at the moment especially all things rental. I’ve been wanting to try Le Tote forever and I am a real customer, not sponsored by them. I really started to need the service when I started working at my full time job. I only really had a week or two’s worth of work clothes, most of the clothing in my closet is too dressy for daytime wear and especially for work. Plus it’s just boring to wear the same thing over and over again.

The rental clothing model works perfectly for work. I love wearing things once and then never again! Also part of the fun of a subscription rental service is that sometimes the service sends you something you would have never picked out on your own and I get to try something new that I discover I actually like.

Le Tote is a bargain, it’s $50 a month and you can return the postage page package as many times as you like to exchange for a new set of items. For $50, you get five items: three pieces of clothing and two accessories. Here’s what I got last month

Don’t want to read it all? Watch here!

Blue Striped Wrap by TART – Retail Price: $84

This was my favorite piece from the tote. It was heavy and just felt so luxurious and soft and warm. I am the queen of these snugly wraps.

blue striped pulloverLe Tote Blue Pullover Styled

 Black Blouse by NOIR – Retail Price: $58

The Noir Blouse is one of those basic staples that you should have in your closet. Pretty much matches with everything!

Le Tote Black BlouseLe Tote Black Blouse Styled

Gray Shift Dress – Retail Price: $92

This dress fit like a glove! It was also made of thick, high quality material. Maybe its because I am a cheapie used to buying really inexpensive clothing at Forever 21 and Sheinside and that’s why I am not used to the quality of Le Tote’s clothing. This should not highlight the fact that Le Tote’s clothing is expensive, its good solid, mid-range priced clothing, it should just highlight the fact that I am incredibly cheap when purchasing my own clothing.

Anyhow, I tried to throw in some punk rock edge with my blue studded pumps and my Shoedazzle purse by Gwen Stefani

gray shift dressLe Tote Gray Shift Dress Styled

$45 Necklace

These two necklaces were perfect for the Tote! I wore them every single day with all the outfits above because they matched everything in the box and the necklaces looked great stacked on top of each other.

black triangle stacked necklace

$54 Necklace

black diamond costume jewelry

 

I just shipped my box back the other day and my new Le Tote should be arriving in a day or two, ready for next week’s work week! Based on my calculations, I can reasonably expect to get a new tote each week, that’s four times a month. This month’s items in totaled up to be  worth about $300. That would be about $1200 worth of clothing for a $50 rental per month = a great deal!

Shyp

Another star of this Le Tote adventure was the super amazing Shyp! I’m not sure how, but I became a gold member. We all know how horrible it is to go to the Post Office and deal with the inexplicably long lines (why are there only two checkouts for twenty customers??) and rude service. Shyp is AMAZING because you just use the app, and a Shyp guy or gal shows up within twenty minutes to pick up your package take it off for shipping. The service only costs $5 (plus any postage costs) plus your regular shipping fees. They provide shipping packaging and tape up your package – thats included and free.


Here’s how it works:

  • Launch the Shyp app and add a shipment.
  • Snap a photo of your item and request a pickup.
  • Within 20 minutes, a Shyp courier will come to your door, retrieve the item and take it to our packing and shipping facility.

Somehow I was lucky enough to become a Skyp VIP so I just had to pay $1 for all the services!! You can go to http://www.shyp.com/gold to try to request a Shyp Gold invite!

The Worst Day Ever – Little Gray Meow Cat

The Worst Day Ever – Little Gray Meow Cat

I am so sad today. Last night I went on a walk and I heard a meow meowing. To the left of me there was a little kitty on the lawn of the house we were passing. I had to say hello and I just expected him to run far away from me. But he stayed! – I coaxed him over to me and he immediately rolled over showed me his tummy and then started rubbing against me and purring. He was so skinny, starving! I played with him for five minutes and then was going to walk several blocks over and return with some cat food. But as we walked away he followed us, like a little puppy. He followed us all the way to 7-11, which was pretty far. We walked him all the way back to where we found him and I gave him his little can of tuna. He started eating it voraciously – he mustn’t have had a solid meal in quite a long time!

All the time I was racking my brain with ideas of how I could help this little kitty. I couldnt take him home. We have two precious kitties at home and I didnt know if this kitty had FIV, worms or worse. I didnt want to take him to the pound, his chances of living past the 72 hours there were super slim. So I ran away like a coward while he was eating the food!

Later I was told that I could take him to an animal rescue such as Luxe Paws who would rescue him and try to find him a home. I’m glad that I have this knowledge now! I looked for him again in the morning, The Director looked for him in the afternoon and we just looked for him again right now and hes gone :(

 

HelloFresh -Argentine-Spiced Steak

HelloFresh – Argentine-Spiced Steak

Next up is HelloFresh. I didn’t actually like the selection of meals in the box this week but I was accidentally sent this box. Hello Fresh responded quickly by comping me for this box which is much appreciated. I have to note that the website is a bit convoluted and complicated. The back end for the user might benefit from simplification so that its more intuitive and user friendly.

I didn’t like my other two meals from this week’s box but I really did like this meal below! I was worried because I wasn’t that familiar with cous cous and wasn’t sure if I would like it but it was good – very soft and crumbly – I liked it a lot! The steak was great, tender and perfectly pink inside.

Check out my video here:

Recipe Photo Breakdown

Hello Fresh Chimichurri    Hello Fresh Prep Hello Fresh Red Pepper

 

Chimichurri! Super easy

Hello Fresh ChimichurriHello Fresh Cous cous 3

Cous Cous Cous Cous! Its so soft and buttery!

hello fresh cous cous 2

You can’t see here but it’s sizzling!

hello fresh steak 5

 

Brown the otra side

hello fresh steak 4

Its a beauty!

Hello Fresh Steak 3

Here’s what its supposed to look like!

Hellofresh Argentine Steak

Nylon Pink Headlines The Hello Kitty Closing Party!

Nylon Pink Headlines The Hello Kitty Closing Party!

Hello Kitty Closing Party

Join us as we say farewell to Hello Kitty, whose exhibition closes on May 31. Our festive closing party will feature catalog signings with exhibiting artists, a performance by Nylon Pink, music by DJ Shy, photo opportunities with Hello Kitty, Hello Kitty crafts, the Hello Kitty Café truck, and complimentary appetizers and drinks courtesy of Joto Sake and Chado Tea Room. Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty will be open for viewing until 10 p.m.
*Artists will only sign Hello! catalog and exhibition prints. 1 catalog and 1 of each print per person.
$10 members, $30 general. JANM members get early access to the closing party starting at 6 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets!

Try the World Box – Almond Macarons Recipe

This past Saturday Nylon Pink and I participated in an eating contest which we filmed live on Periscope. Yuki Ito, the tiniest one of our bunch won the eating contest but what was most interesting is that we discovered the Kiki Wongo has an incredible knack for live streaming chat. I feel extremely awkward on live chat unless I am just doing an interview or answering questions. If there’s dead space = super awkwardness ensues! Part of the reason Tila Tequila was so popular back in the day and blew away all the import models on Myspace was simply because of her personality.  She had a big one, and frankly all the other import models, myself included,  had no personality. We weren’t ever required to talk!?

Try the World Box – Almond Macarons Recipe

On a totally unrelated note, I finally got to test out the Try the World box, which I’ve been dying to try forever! In reality I was campaigning quite hard for them to sponsor my subscription, but having fallen on deaf ears, I finally ponied up the money and subscribed.The first box I received was the Marrekesh Box. The box comes with a beautiful companion booklet detailing all the items included and including some famous recipes from the region. I will be reviewing the box in an upcoming post. tried out the almond macarons recipe. The end result didn’t look anything like the photo in the booklet but I thought that the cookies were delicious! (The Director thought that the cookies were gross)

By the way, don’t confuse macarons with macaroons. I’ve never works with almonds before….it was fun. I love almond jello!

almonds

Pulverized almonds

almond macaron almond mix

Making that dough

almond macaron mixture almond macaron mix

So I tried initially to half the recipe ingredients which I really don’t recommend doing with a baking recipe.  The dough was way too runny and not at all stiff like the directions stated it would be so I added way more almonds and powdered sugar into the dish

almond macaron dough mix  

almond macaron dough 

The result was a soft pillowy cookie, crispy at the edges and soft in the middle. Good with extra dustings of powdered sugar on top! Oops for some weird reason I didn’t take a photo of the final cookies, but here’s what they are supposed to look like! Click on the photo below for the recipe!

Rose Water Macaroons

Source: www.littlemisscelebration.com

Nylon Pink – Live Stream and Chat!

Nylon Pink – Live Stream and Chat!

Nylon Pink

 

Join us at Boiling Crab on Sunday, the Nylon Pink eating contest is happening! I’ll be competing too and I plan to take them all down!

Follow NylonPink on Periscope to chat with us on live streaming video

What happened to my long lost twin?

What happened to my long lost twin?

I used to have a twin. I found out about her in college. She lived 40 miles away from my high school but even then knew all about her.  The Asian Community is very tight knit. My friend showed me her homecoming photo. I didn’t think that she looked like me at all! Ok so she wasn’t literally my twin but she was just a girl my friend said looked just like me. I became mildly obsessed with the idea that I had a lookalike roaming around in such close vicinity. My insecure high school self did not like this at all.

I didn’t make it into UCLA right out of high school, I actually transferred there later on. I was looking forward to attending college in San Diego at UCSD and living away from my very strict parents.

But I arrived on campus and discovered that my twin had also chosen the Very. Same. College. WTF?? What were the chances? I constantly starting comparing myself to her. She had huge C-cup breasts to my A-cups (pre-implant), were her boobs real? They were pretty amazing. She was one of the models in a this import car calendar that all my classmates were drooling over. I was not

We ran in the same circle of friends. We went to karaoke together. She could sing too?? NO! It also happened more than once that I was walking around campus and someone would walk right up to me and call me by her name and still not know that I was not her.

And she was just cooler than me. I just wasn’t cool. One day I showed up at school wearing this tacky D&G shirt covered in logos. Her best friend made a joke about tacky logos and they snickered to themselves.

And then I transferred to UCLA and never heard about her again. Its the weirdest thing. I thought of her the other day and looked for her on Facebook and couldn’t find her. I had looked for her once before, several years ago to no avail. Why? I guess I was just curious if we still looked alike. I wondered what she ended up doing with her life, we were once on such similar paths and than my life veered sharply off the traditional path.

I spent about ten years touring around as an import model. People would constantly come up to me in public in Koreatown or San Gabriel and ask to take a photo with me. I wonder when I had half a million followers on Myspace did people go up to her and call her by my name?

HUM Nutrition

 HUM Nutrition

Hum Nutrition sponsored me with Killer Nails and Red Carpet for shinier hair and stronger nails. I’ve been trying it out for about a month. I have no idea if there is a difference in my hair (I have so many extensions and so much bleaching damage), but the Killer Nails work. I go on and off acrylic nails and it KILLS your natural nails. Although I keep my nails pretty short nail, there was been no breakage in the past month.

Hum Killer Nails HUM Red Carpet

Rocksbox Subscription Box – Part II

Rocksbox Subscription Box

Month #1, Rental #2

Rocksbox is one of the subscription boxes that I am currently trying out. You can rent three pieces of jewelry per month and exchange them back unlimited times throughout the month. I returned the first three pieces from my first Rocksbox and received these three new pieces back! The earrings were cute, more understated and cute – most appropriate for me to wear to work

Rocksbox Jewelry

 

 

I love the contrast of color the Perry Street “Kayla necklace” adds, it really makes the pink pop! I let Rocksbox know that I like even bigger statement necklaces than this one

RocksBox Jewelry Perry Street

I loved the Slate “Mia Necklace”!
Rocksbox Jewelry Subscription

 

The cost for the monthly subscription is only $19 a month which is CRAZY! Take the Rocksbox Style Survey to get started with your first three pieces. Use my coupon code for the first month free! Coupon code: KailaYuxoxo

See my first RocksBox Set Contents

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Lentil-Crusted Salmon

Lentil-Crusted Salmon

with Spinach-Yogurt Dal & Apricot Chutney

salmon spinach pasta

Blue Apron is the next delivery meal subscription service that I tried! It’s one of the more well established brand and I was really sold on trying it out because one of my close friends raved about the service. At Blue Apron you aren’t able to select your meal options and it turned out to be an issue for me, I didnt like any of the recipes that I was sent :(. I wished that I could opt out of Asian inspired dishes because I generally don’t really love Asian fusion dishes. If you like Asian Fusion dishes, Blue Apron is a perfect fit for you!

The Lentil-Crusted Salmon itself was great but the Dal was really weird and chewy. I’ve never had it before so I didnt know what the texture was supposed to be like. The apricot chutney’s flavor didnt really pair well for me with the salmon and dal. I ended up throwing away the dal and chutney and whipping up a bacon spinach parmesan pasta to pair with the salmon instead.

lentil crusted salmon recipe card

lentil crusted salmon ingredientsprep brown butter

 

 

 

Totally weird apricot chutney!

chutney

 

 

ghee

dal    salmon flour

 

Nice Brown Crust!

seared salmon